Thursday, 14 June 2012
In Tuesday's New Eden post, I considered the manufactured synchronicity between the Olympic torch relay passing Scone Palace (Stone of Destiny) and the announcement of the opening "Green and Pleasant" ceremony, surmising that if we added the Glasgow Rangers/ Charles Green predicament to the cauldron, together with a bit of Joseph of Arimathea and his historical tree planting jaunt to Glastonbury, then it spells, well, trouble.
Sticking with the green-theme, the torch yesterday travelled from home of golf, St. Andrew's - where Wills met Kate - to Edinburgh. The highlight of the morning appeared to be 13 year old Joseph Forrester, who led a group of schoolchildren along the beach in a reenactment of a scene filmed for the movie Chariots of Fire. Joseph was lucky enough to have carried the torch just prior to this as well - a unique second coming, so to speak. At the end of the day the torch was carried into Edinburgh Castle (Stone of Destiny/franchised ice cream van registration WMS 666 T) by a Lesley Forrest. (BBC)
Meanwhile, down in Nottingham, Prince William was thanking the Queen for her "love and devotion" as part of the ongoing Jubilee celebrations. Nottingham is, of course, also synonymous with forests, not just because of the football club but also because of Robin Hood, that legendary "green man" who took from the rich to give to the poor.
Also take note that the torch travels down to England tonight, destination Alnwick Castle, a location used for several films, including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and the Harry Potter series. Perhaps worth pointing out again that Rowling completed her writing of the final Deathly Hallows in the Balmoral Hotel - not a stone throw from Edinburgh Castle, signing a bust of Hermes in recognition.